NBA: Hornets All-Star Chris Paul set for knee surgery
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans point guard Chris Paul will have knee surgery and likely miss the All-Star game.
New Orleans Hornets coach Jeff Bower said Paul will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The All-Star weekend is Feb. 12-14 in Dallas.
Paul hurt the knee last Wednesday against Golden State, then aggravated the injury when he collided with a camera while chasing an errant pass in the final seconds of regulation against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
Paul averages a team-high 20.4 points and an NBA-best 11.2 assists. He was the runner-up to the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant for league MVP in 2007-08 and finished fifth last season.
Rookie Darren Collison has replaced Paul in the Hornets' lineup.